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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

320. Asam Binjai

Have you ever eaten these fruits?

They are called 'Asam Binjai'.

I can't find them sold in any of the two 'Tamu Muhibbah' here in town. Yesterday hubby brought them home and I asked where did he buy them. He said he was passing Kpg Luak near Bakam area he saw the fruits being sold by some ladies on the roadside and remembered I used to crave for these fruits when I was carrying my 3rd girl Aya.

I asked,' are they the sweet type?' He said,' the ladies said they are quite masam (sour)'.

When I peeled the skin off one and took one piece to eat, it was soooooo masam!

LOL... I had craved for the sweet ones of course!

I do not know much about these fruits. What I know was they are 2 types, one is sour and the other sweet. And all I remembered was I first discovered it in the 'Tamu Muhibbah' in Brunei years ago when I was visiting my father there. At that time I was carrying Aya. After that first bite, I kept returning to the 'Tamu Muhibbah' each morning to buy them. And those were the sweet ones of course!

Asam Binjai

The children has never eaten them before, each passed the kitchen table, looked at the fruits and asked what fruit were those. Zu tasted it and said 'so masam'! Noormy wouldn't even touch it.

I was cracking my mind what to do with them and suddenly thought of making 'Sambal Asam Binjai' out of them.

So what I did was slice the soft white fruit into small pieces. I couldn't chop them thinly like a young mango as the flesh were too soft.

To make the 'Sambal Asam Binjai' -

I grounded 3 big red chillies and about 12 very small 'cili padi'.
Add a flat tablespoon of 'belacan' (shrimp paste).
Finely ground the above ingredients.
Add in some anchovies.
Ground them lightly (not too fine).

Add into the plate of slice 'Asam Binjai'.

Add a pinch of salt and ajinomoto.

Sprinkle some sugar to taste.

Mix lightly and well.

When I make chopped 'Sambal Asam' with these same ingredients I always cool it in the fridge first before eating. So I did likewise with this 'Sambal Asam Binjai'.

I find them just as tasty and hot!

And I ate most of it! LOL...

So tell me, is there any other ways of eating this SOUR 'Asam Binjai'? :)

Before mixing the grounded ingredients

My homemade 'Sambal Asam Binjai'.


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reanaclaire said...

OOhh.. never tasted this before.. asam binjai.. but now swallowing saliva now cos of the assam! :)

mNhL said...

Never knew there is such fruits! Very creative to make them into sambal. No wastage. hehe

Kak Rosaliza said...

salam puan isah...saya kenal buah ni tapi tak tau nak buat apa...jadi tak pernah beli la

Lady of Leisure said...

salam puan isah.. kitorang sini panggil buah binjai.. yang masam tu dijerukkan sedap sgt.. lepas tu jeruknya boleh dimasukkan dalam masakkan sambal tumis..

TK said...

I tertelan air liur tgok gambar sambal asam binjai Mak Isah tu. So Ive heard from a friend there are 2 types of binjai in Sabah n Sarawak. Here I think there's only 1 type.

Puan Isah said...

That's right reanaclaire, it's so very masam he he...right, rarely found in town too :)

Puan Isah said...

Ha ha 'no wastage', you're so right! I think this is one of the jungle products. Not many know about this fruit.

Puan Isah said...

Salam rosa, kenal buah ni? itu la...nanti kalau rosa silap beli kena yang masam macam yang saya ada tu hari he he..

Puan Isah said...

Lady of Leisure..now I learnt another way of cooking this fruit.
thank you :) Masukkan dalam masakan sambal tumis? hmm..dapat saya bayangkan bagaimana masam nya. Mungkin boleh masukkan dalam masakan asam pedas? Bagaimana?

Puan Isah said...

TK..so at your place 1 type means the sweet type?? ish, jauh sangat nak ambik tu he he...

Entah bila la mak isah dapat rasa kan yang manis tu ye?